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Entomology courses

The Field Studies Council organises various entomological courses, for beginners and more experienced entomologists: http://www.field-studies-council.org

However, in order to pursue entomology as a career in the UK, it is necessary to obtain a good degree in a science subject (usually biological sciences) and then take an MSc or PhD. The following universities are currently offering MSc courses in entomology:

Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation (MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma) - Staffordshire University

No other specialist MSc course exists on invertebrate ecology and conservation. This course covers freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates, but excludes marine invertebrates

Invertebrates make up about 99% of the global fauna, but have been largely ignored in conservation efforts and in ecological impact assessments of new developments. Over the last decade the plight of invertebrates has become better known and there is now more demand for consultants with expertise in both aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates (especially insects).

The course shares several modules with other postgraduate Ecology and Conservation courses at Staffordshire because there are some key areas of knowledge and skills that anyone working in ecology and conservation needs. So, whilst you will share some subjects such as 'Managing Terrestrial Habitats' and 'Managing the Consequences of Climate Change' with students from other courses, your assignments will be tailored to your course interests. Being a specialist though you will have modules that no other course takes: 'Invertebrate Conservation Management' and 'Invertebrate Taxonomy and Specialist Identification' and these together with your individual Research Project (if you are taking an MSc) will truly make your course unique.

The course is designed for recent graduates in biological or environmental sciences who are keen on invertebrates and who hope to move into conservation-related careers, and for people currently working in conservation, consultancy, and land management who want to upgrade their professional qualifications.

How to Apply:

Further details can be found online at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/05D45000.jsp

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MSc/PgD/PgC in Entomology - Harper Adams University

Harper Adams is the UK's only provider of postgraduate courses in entomology and related areas. There is currently a shortage of expertise in this important topic, which is a key element in the effort to ensure global food security and the understanding of biodiversity.

The aim of the course is to provide students with specialized training in entomology and conservation.

The course will:

The course typically lasts one year full-time or two to three years part-time.

Further details

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MRes in Entomology - Harper Adams University

Harper Adams is the UK's only provider of postgraduate courses in entomology and related areas. There is currently a shortage of expertise in this important topic, which is a key element in the effort to ensure global food security and the understanding of biodiversity. By successfully completing this course you will develop a range of abilities that will prepare for an interesting and fulfilling career in an area with considerable opportunity.

The course typically lasts one year full-time or two to three years part-time.

Further details

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MPhil/PhD/MIHR - School of Tropical Medicine

Taught Postgraduate course information:

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is one of the few postgraduate Centres of Excellence in the world in the field of Tropical Medicine and its allied disciplines.

How to apply:

Applications should be sent directly to:

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Pembroke Place
Liverpool L3 5QA

Programme contact: Miss Penny Booth
Telephone: +44 (0)151 705 3266
Fax: +44 (0)151 705 3348
Email: p.j.booth2@liv.ac.uk
Web site: http://www.liv.ac.uk/lstm/

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MSc Medical Parasitology - Oxford University

This course aims to:

  1. provide core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of medical parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them, and
  2. equip students with specialised skills to enable them to pursue a career in research, control or teaching related to medical parasitology. Specialised study units are chosen from a list of diverse topics ranging, for example, from Practical Training in Gene Cloning, to Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology and to Methods of Vector Control.

Graduates from this course go into fields ranging from diagnostics through to applied basic research and operational control to higher degree studies and academic/teaching-related positions.

The Patrick Buxton Memorial Medal and Prize is awarded to the best student of the year. Founded by relatives of Patrick Alfred Buxton, Professor in Entomology, who died in 1955.

Further information from:

Graduate Administrator, MSc Medical Parasitology
Department of Zoology
Tinbergen Building,
South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PS

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 271286
Email: graduate.office@zoo.ox.ac.uk
Web site: http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk

Average numbers admitted per year PhD 25 - 30, MSc 20

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Entomology - University of Nebraska, Lincoln

The distance master's degree in entomology is designed for site-bound students who could not otherwise pursue an advanced degree. This non-research based degree program emphasizes work in entomology and flexibility in non-entomological training specific to individual student needs and interests. Potential audiences for this degree include crop consultants, science teachers, farmers, vocational agriculture instructors, agriculturalists (such as co-operative, seed or chemical company employees) and workers in environmental protection and conservation organizations. Each class is recorded on VHS videotape and sent directly to the student. Additionally, select classes are available via the Internet to watch at your convenience. Students will be able to discuss class materials with other classmates through e-mail. Internet access is desirable and e-mail is required.

E-mail: ent-distance@unlnotes.unl.edu

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Life Sciences - University of Maryland, College Park

This program enables practising science teachers to pursue an advanced degree by earning a 30-credit interdisciplinary graduate degree in life sciences from the University of Maryland.

The Master of Life Sciences degree is Web-based so you can e-learn and earn your graduate degree when and where it is most convenient for you, while satisfying state requirements for the Career Development Standard Professional Certificate. Put the power of technology to work for your educational career goals with the same high standards of academic excellence and resources associated with the University of Maryland. Everything you need to get started is right here.

Email: onlinestudies@umail.umd.edu

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Master of Science in Entomology - University of Florida

Courses for the M.S. degree in entomology are offered via distance education to accommodate place-bound students interested in biological science with emphasis on insects and other arthropods, including extension agents and other educators; state and federal employees in agricultural, environmental and regulatory positions; consultants; pest control industry personnel; and others who want to further their education.

Email: gradc@ifas.ufl.edu

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